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As a way of operationalizing the recommendations of the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Poli-cy Review (QCPR) of the UN system operational activities, the Government of Malawi and the United Nations Development System (UNDS) have established the Malawi SDG Acceleration Fund (onwards the Fund). Considering the UNDS Reform note of 31st May 2018, this emphasiz-es adequate, predictable and sustainable funding to be made available for a coherent, effective, efficient and accountable response in accordance with national needs and priorities. The Fund aims at improving the quality of non-core resources which would help the UN system support the Government of Malawi to achieve the SDGs.
The Fund’s theory of change is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Coopera-tion Framework (UNSDCF), which is the strategic plan for the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) contributing to the Malawi Government’s national development priorities for the period 2019-2023. The UNSDCF formulation process was consultative with Government (both at central and local levels), development partners, civil society organizations and non-governmental organi-zations involved at all stages. The UNSDCF is evidence-based and drew on the country’s needs and the UN’s comparative advantage, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and hard to reach populations.
The UNSDCF incorporates the goals and principles that underpin Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sus-tainable Development Goals that lie at its heart. It further guides the UN Agency programmes en-suring coherence and represents a strong collaborative link with the Government of Malawi’s de-velopment strategy expressed in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III.
The three pillars, identified as the UN’s response to the MGDS III are:
The objective of the Fund is to support the achievement of results consistent with the current and any future UNSDCF. It supports coherent resource mobilization, allocation and disbursement to under-funded cross-sectoral areas where the UN has a comparative advantage in implementing together.
The main focus of the Fund is the mobilization, financing coordination and co-financing of catalytic interventions in support of the SDGs. By catalytic is understood to be investments that aim at supporting strategic UNSDCF components, to fill strategic financial gaps when there are no other resources available, that unlock or allow key investments for SDGs, and /or financial resources that support innovative or high-risk approaches that other partners cannot support. The Fund supports partnerships and communications among all stakeholders involved in Malawi’s devel-opment initiatives led by the Government of Malawi. The initial duration of the Fund is five years – from December 2018 to December 2023.
The Fund is overseen by a Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Government’s Chief Secretary and the United Nations Resident Coordinator. The Steering Committee defines the priorities of the Fund, depending on needs related to the SDGs agenda.
A Secretariat will be established, under the auspices of UNDP as per endorsement by the project steering committee, to facilitate the management of the Fund, entailing the following main tasks: 1) Advise the Steering Committee and the Operational Committee whenever on determining stra-tegic priorities and program/financial allocations; 2) Follow up the formulation and development of programmes/projects, providing feedback to proponent organizations in order to ensure con-sistency, quality and risk management, and supervising the application of Fund’s cross-cutting approaches before they are circulated to the Operational Committee; 3) Organize or facilitate calls for proposals and appraisal processes; 4) Monitor the balance of funding between Windows and report to the Steering Committee; 5) Consolidate monitoring and evaluating information from ap-proved programmes/projects, and periodically inform Fund stakeholders of progress in the imple-mentation; 6) Carry out the Fund’s knowledge analysis and management, including knowledge systematization, collection of good practices, lessons learned and proposed recommendations; 7) Support resource mobilization activities; and 8) fulfilling the secretariat function to the Steering Committee.
The Secretariat falls under the supervision of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malawi and it sits in the RCO.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Coordinator reports to UN Resident Coordinator for substantive and strategic guidance, and to UNDP Resident Representative administratively. The coordinator will be responsible for the overall management of the Fund.
Ensure effective coordination of the Fund’s Secretariat and provide advice to the Steering and Operations Committees to achieve Fund objectives:
Develop strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including Government, CSOs, UN agencies, Development Partners, international and national NGOs, private sector, and other relevant organizations:
Facilitate knowledge management relating to UN and civil society support to SDG acceleration, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensure day-to-day management of the Fund Secretariat, including M&E, administrative and financial oversight
Plans and acts transparently, actively works to removes barriers
Communication and Relationship Management
Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Required Skills and Experience
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